Abbotsford Street

Abbotsford Street looking south, photographer Stephen Hatcher, 2020.

As the early settlers in some of North & West Melbourne’s Streets were mainly Scots, these streets received Scottish names. Hence Abbotsford Street after the home of Sir Walter Scott built by the river Tweed.

The original name of that place was “Cartley Hole.” The locals twisted this to “Clarty Hole”, meaning “Dirty Hole”. This showed what they thought of the place — a little farm house in 100 acres sprawling sour and neglected in a hollow by the river.

The place was dear to Scott as the site of the last clan battle between his forbears and the Kers in 1526 and as the reputed haunt of Thomas the Rhymer who, 60 years before, had woven into verse the legends and histories of the land, as Scott was to do in his day. So in 1811, at the age of 40, Scott bought the place.

Scott set himself to transform the place and began by renaming it. There had been an abbots’ ford across the shallows of the river, over which the Abbots of nearby Melrose Abbey had driven their cattle centuries before. Hence the new name.

In five years, the 100 acre “Dirty Hole” became an estate of 1000 acres. By banking the river, planting trees of many kinds, and general landscaping Scott created a most colorful scene. Piece by piece, at heavy expense, the present house was built.

By every artistic and architectural standard the house is a monstrosity; but Scott’s life and work have made it one of Scotlands great shrines. It is a museum of Scottish lore with relics of Rob Roy, Flora Macdonald, Queen Mary, Montrose, Claverhouse and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Also housed there is a copy of the first published book of Australian verse. the first published book of Australian verse.(1)

Source.

(1) Northern Advertiser 28/5/1970. Blanchard collection, “What’s in a Name” at North Melbourne Library.
(2) Melbourne Council Street Card Number #367, street gazetted in 1860 and 1867.

3 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address 6 Heaton Terrace (3-13)
Constructed 13/10/1880
Builder John Greenwood



5 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address 5 Heaton Terrace (3-13)
Constructed 13/10/1880
Builder John Greenwood



6 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 20/8/1885
Builder William French, Adderley Street West Melbourne



7 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address 4 Heaton Terrace (3-13)
Constructed 13/10/1880
Builder John Greenwood



9 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address 3 Heaton Terrace (3-13)
Constructed 13/10/1880
Builder John Greenwood



11 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address 2 Heaton Terrace (3-13)
Constructed 13/10/1880
Builder John Greenwood



13 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Previous Address 1 Heaton Terrace (3-13)
Constructed 13/10/1880
Builder John Greenwood



24 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 13/12/1871
Builder Joseph Over



36 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Luckman’s Terraces (36 & 38)
Constructed 26/10/1869
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder Joseph Luckman



38 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Luckman’s Terraces (36 & 38)
Constructed 26/10/1869
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder Joseph Luckman



44 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address 40 to 44 Abbotsford Street
Constructed 11/5/1910
Style Federation: 1890–1915
Builder John Shutt, 16 Kelvin Grv Hawthorn



46 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed Novenmber 1891
Style Victorian, Late: 1875-1901
Builder John Saunders, 44 Neptune St Richmond



48 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed Novenmber 1891
Style Victorian, Late: 1875-1901
Builder John Saunders, 44 Neptune St Richmond



51 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 7/5/1860
Builder George Black



52 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 21/9/1859
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Builder J Lockheard



53 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 6/2/1860
Builder Edmund Boling, Melbourne



54 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed abt 1916
Style Federation: 1890–1915



56 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 5/7/1864
Builder William Ramage, Melbourne



58 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 17/10/1860
Builder William Lander



60 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 9/4/1859
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Builder Charles & Duffy, Melbourne



62 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 6/6/1864
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Builder John Ramage, Melbourne



63 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 18/10/1865
Builder John O’Brien



64 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Hamilton’s Row house
Constructed 8/3/1862
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder Walter Webster



65 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 9/2/1866
Builder John O’Brien



68 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address Hamilton’s Row house
Constructed 4/4/1866
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder Walter Webster



69 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



70 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Also known as Address MaKenzie’s Row house
Constructed 11/3/1865
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Builder Walter Webster



71 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 13/10/1871
Builder James Kilfoy



73 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 6/3/1873
Builder James Kilfoy



86 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 19/8/1859
Style Victorian : 1840-1890
Builder Robert Bentley, Dudley Street West Melbourne



88 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Style Victorian : 1840-1890



90 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Style Victorian : 1840-1890



92 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Style Victorian : 1840-1890



94 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Style Victorian : 1840-1890



111 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 22/8/1860
Builder Robert Brotherton



115 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
Constructed 12/3/1869
Builder Reid, Stewart & Duguid, 10 Miller St



117 Abbotsford Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003



218 Abbotsford Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Also known as Address The North Star Hotel [9] first licensed in Howard Street 1853-1859, relocated on the present Abbotsford Street site 1859-2003,